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Easy Peppermint Hot Chocolate

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This Christmas, we’ll sip on this rich, easy Peppermint Hot Chocolate and revel in the spirit of the holidays while gathering with family.

Hot cocoa is perfect for winter family gatherings. It’s a fabulous way to warm up after an afternoon of sledding, skiing, caroling or while sitting around a roaring fire on a cold evening. If you’re addicted to Starbuck’s Peppermint Hot Chocolate, save some money and make it at home!

Easy Peppermint Hot Chocolate in a white mug

Easy Peppermint Hot Chocolate

My childhood memories of the holidays include hours on the nearby Arboretum’s sledding hill with my dad and three sisters. His job was to keep our excited, wound up little souls out of my mom’s hair as she prepared our Christmas feast. We loved returning home, rosy-cheeked, and having a mug of hot chocolate topped with marshmallows to help warm us up.

Granted, it was milk heated on the stovetop, then doctored up with Hershey’s syrup.  Always topped with marshmallows. But we savored every drop. My easy peppermint hot chocolate is a bit more indulgent but just as memorable! 

When our 3 grown children come by on Christmas Eve, we always watch an old movie. We’ve worked our way through all the Hitchcock films and look forward to our next selection in December! Hot Cocoa and a movie is a wonderful tradition.

Easy Peppermint Hot Chocolate pans and garnishes

Hot Cocoa and Movie Night

Hot chocolate is featured in numerous holiday movies from (affiliate links) The Polar Express to The Santa Clause to The Holiday (a rom-com that my daughter and I love!). So grab your favorite family holiday flick, cook up some of this ultra-creamy peppermint hot cocoa, and reminisce about the joys of seasons past. The true spirit of the holidays is to focus on those near and dear to you and this time spent together is priceless.

Easy Peppermint Hot Chocolate in a mug topped with whipped cream and candy cane shards

How to Make Hot Cocoa with Peppermint

Start by simmering whole milk and cream with rich Dutch cocoa powder and semi-sweet chocolate. Using whole milk with a higher percentage of butterfat and heavy cream ensures a luscious texture.

The addition of both cocoa powder and chocolate give a double boost of chocolate flavor that you can’t get with a hot cocoa packet.

Each sip of this peppermint hot chocolate was like drinking warm, silky smooth melted chocolate ice cream. A dreamy indulgence!

Add vanilla, sugar, and peppermint extract to round out the flavors perfectly. Remember that peppermint extract is potent. Don’t be tempted to add more as it will overwhelm the other flavors. If you’re of legal drinking age, you can always add a bit of schnapps instead of extract.

Offer a wide variety of toppings to make an interactive hot chocolate bar. Marshmallows of all sizes, crushed candy canes, chocolate curls, and sweetened whipped cream are all delicious options! Even the peppermint snubbing hubby drank a mug!

Two mugs of Easy Peppermint Hot Chocolate topped with whipped cream

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Easy Peppermint Hot Chocolate | Rich, silky cocoa with a peppermint twist!

Easy Peppermint Hot Chocolate

Rich, silky cocoa with a peppermint twist!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Yield 6


  • 3 tablespoons Dutch processed cocoa powder (regular cocoa powder can be used, too)
  • 2 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 8 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4-1 teaspoon peppermint extract (to taste)
  • Sweetened whipped cream, to serve
  • Crushed candy canes or peppermint candies, to serve
  • Shaved chocolate, to serve
  • Marshmallows, to serve



Simmer 3/4 cup water in a medium saucepan. Whisk in cocoa powder until smooth. Add milk and cream and return to a simmer. Continue cooking and whisk in chocolate and sugar until chocolate is melted and sugar dissolves.

Mix in vanilla and peppermint extract. Start with 1/4 teaspoon of peppermint extract, taste and add more to get the intensity you desire.

Use a ladle to pour hot chocolate into mugs or cups. Serve topped with sweetened whipped cream and garnish with crushed candy canes, marshmallows, and/or chocolate shavings if desired.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 mug

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 376Total Fat: 23gSaturated Fat: 14gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 34mgSodium: 57mgCarbohydrates: 43gFiber: 3gSugar: 36gProtein: 6g


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49 comments on “Easy Peppermint Hot Chocolate”

  1. My favorite feature is the durable, high-quality construction

  2. This is exactly what Christmas tastes like to me. Cannot WAIT to try this recipe- the kids are going to love it!

  3. I can only imagine what it would be like to drink hot chocolate after being out in the snow sledding. I bet it would be comforting!! Although our Christmases are warm, I think plenty of people would still appreciate this delicious hot chocolate.

  4. Well well well Liz, it looks like our taste buds like the same things 😉 Although, I definitely already knewthis because I love all of you delicious looking recipes!!

  5. Oh family movie night on Christmas Eve sounds so nice! What movie is on the list this year?And nothing beats a hot chocolate made from scratch, as you said an indulgent one. Looks so delectable.

  6. I like that the cookware comes with a lid and has plenty of space!

  7. I love that pan set, it looks gorgeous and sturdy. Will they work on induction? Hot chocolate is something I have been thinking about a lot lately, and I usually don’t indulge in sweet, creamy drinks, but it’s been so chilly lately that a mug of this hot peppermint chocolate would truly hit the spot!

  8. We love hot chocolate and purchase a pretty canister from Williams Sonoma every Christmas. These pans look great and I’m in need of new ones! Great giveaway!

  9. The one with thickly piped cream looks heavenly!

  10. I have two memories of hot chocolate… 1. G-Mom-B’s, which was milk and cocoa powder and 2. A little greasy spoon that I don’t even know how they made the drink but somehow it was topped with the thickest whipped cream I’ve ever seen:@) Yours sounds good with a splash of peppermint too-enjoy your movie Liz!

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